In my previous two articles building up to our national conference this week, I looked at how our first two keynote speakers will be setting out for us how Tomorrow’s Workforce is likely to be defined and developed. Firstly, Elena Magrini from Centre for Cities will be helping us better understand how the labour market and skills requirements are changing, and why the education system that provides the skills will need to change with it. Elena will then be followed by Kirstie Donnelly from City & Guilds, who will be fleshing out how education and skills providers can rise to the challenges. Kirstie will also be joined by Kathryn Porter from Hilton, who will give the employer angle on this conversation.
But what then? We have a better sense of what the skills of the future might look like, and we understand how a little more about why education and skills provision can and must change. But what about the actual delivery?
I’m very pleased to say that our third speaker, Professor Richard Miles, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education – Enterprise & Engagement) at the University of Sydney, will be joining us to consider this topic in his Keynote: Delivering Tomorrow’s Workforce — How can we ensure that we keep abreast with the needs of an ever-changing labour market?
The University of Sydney is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, consistently making it into the Top 50 best universities according to the QS World University Rankings, and it is also currently ranked number 5 by QS in terms of Graduate Employability. Last year, the institution partnered with Emsi to try to bring data to bear on the following questions:
• What is the interaction between our graduates’ degrees and the career pathways they have pursued?
• What kinds of skills are our graduates using, and how do these make them distinct?
• How can we use this data to benchmark our performance and identify where and how we can improve?
Behind all these questions is the basic assumption that the world of work is changing rapidly, and that the University needs to get a better handle on what it is their graduates are doing and what it is employers are looking for, so that they can be better prepared for the future. This work makes up a small part of what the University is thinking about and looking at in terms of future skills, and it means that Richard, as a key decision maker in a global Higher Education institution, is ideally placed to be able to give us a number of insights on the future of work, both from an Australian and global perspective.
I’m excited at the prospect of hearing Richard tell us about how all this is affecting universities and their thinking, how the University of Sydney is changing the way they do things to keep up with these changes, and how this is shaping their delivery of skills, engagement with employers, and ultimately how they measure success.
I should also add that in addition to the three keynotes I have mentioned, we also have two further keynotes (as well as a choice of workshops). After the lunch interval, Emsi UK’s Senior Economist, Duncan Brown, will be looking at the trends that are emerging as we look towards the labour market of the future in Exploring Tomorrow’s Workforce. And then to wrap things up, our CEO, Andrew Crapuchettes, will be looking at how the global workforce is changing, and what can you do to keep up with what’s going on in Tomorrow’s Global Workforce.
We are pretty much up to full capacity for this conference, with less than 10 spaces now available. Why not book your place now to avoid disappointment? Alternatively, if you are unable to join us, do be sure to follow the conference at #emsiconf2019 for real-time updates on the day!